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Devaney writes: "Sen. Elizabeth Warren and fellow Democrats are vowing to block Republican efforts to roll back controversial regulations. Warren on Wednesday slammed the GOP for connecting policy riders that would overturn regulations to must-pass government funding bills."

Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)
Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)

Elizabeth Warren: GOP 'Ringing the Dinner Bell' for Lobbyists

By Tim Devaney, The Hill

18 May 16


en. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and fellow Democrats are vowing to block Republican efforts to roll back controversial regulations.

Warren on Wednesday slammed the GOP for connecting policy riders that would overturn regulations to must-pass government funding bills.

In recent years, Republicans have turned to policy riders in an attempt to cut off regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, Labor Department and other federal agencies.

“It’s like ringing the dinner bell for lobbyists,” Warren said. “They are swarming this place, because they have all sorts of goodies they want to sneak into” the government spending bills.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Republicans of “attacking every program under the sun” through the government funding process.

“We’re not going to let the process go forward if they keep doing that,” he said during the press call.

Senate and House Democrats sent letters earlier this year calling on Republicans to not include policy riders in the government funding bills. your social media marketing partner


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+17 # Buddha 2016-05-18 14:49
One glance at OpenSecrets tells me that it isn't just Republicans ringing that Dinner Bell. Right Hillary? Dems attacking Republicans for being corrupted by the Donor Class, when they have done everything in their power to shut down Bernie's campaign that centers itself against that corruption, is some serious pot calling the kettle black.
+10 # tigerlillie 2016-05-18 16:46
I don't think that Warren falls into the category of corrupt Democrats trying to obstruct Bernie Sanders, do you really think that? I think that she is leading the call for Democratic senators and congress reps to start acting like Democrats. Of course, since there is no easy money in that path, she is doomed to failure, for now.
+6 # Buddha 2016-05-19 08:49
If you are asking me, no, I think Warren isn't as far down that path as much of the Democratic Party...but she seems to be risking that assimilation. Witness her unwillingness to outright endorse Sanders. Witness her stumping for Center-Right BlueDogs like Lundergen-Grime s in 2014. She is still saying the right things, but working with and for the corrupt DNC while trying to still be Progressive is going to be an increasingly wide fence to straddle. Seems to me she's trying to change the DNC from the inside...good luck with that.
+17 # Radscal 2016-05-18 17:49
Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz already "rang the dinner bell for lobbyists" by inviting them to sponsor the Democratic Convention in Philly.

"Democratic Convention Hosted by Republican Donors, Anti-Obamacare Lobbyists"

She is literally having lobbyists who OPPOSE Democratic Legislation fund and infiltrate the Convention and the many side-events where Democratic officials meet with special interests.
+15 # MainStreetMentor 2016-05-18 23:30
Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz, (DNC chair), as a Representative in the House, is giving right-wing support by co-sponsoring a bill (H.R. 4018) which will "gut" the Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus' (CFPB - an agency which Elizabeth Warren worked so hard to establish) authority to restrict payday lenders. (I understand that Debbie may have rcv'd $68,000 in campaign contributions from the payday industry - wonder if that might have any bearing on Debbie's support of this bill?)
+12 # tigerlillie 2016-05-18 22:36
Lobbyists, politicians, the military and military contractors are robbing this country I hear.
+10 # economagic 2016-05-19 07:38
If a "must-pass" bill contains toxic waste that must NOT pass, don't pass it, and EXPLAIN WHY in the Congressional Record and in the media. The failure of Democratic legislators to fight back, not necessarily in that exact way but in general, has led to the passage of many toxic laws in the past 20 years.

Too much "loyal," not enough "opposition."
+6 # Buddha 2016-05-19 08:52
But then this of course requires an informed electorate who sees what those puppets tried to pull by putting these poison-pills into these "must-pass" bills, which would then require an honest Mainstream-Medi a that doesn't peddle false-equivalen cy narratives and truly informs the people of what is being done in their name in Washington.
+4 # economagic 2016-05-19 12:52
I certainly can't dispute the fundamental necessity of an informed electorate in order for democracy to exist. That COULD be an argument for a narrower electorate, except that I am not aware of any effort in that direction throughout history that has had dog squat to do with a state of anyone being genuinely informed.

But I was thinking in terms of a Democratic Party dedicated to democracy doing its own informing, via bird-dogging the media but more important via direct communication with party members. I am not even a member of the Democratic Party, but for the past year I have received at least one "survey" per month from the DNC or the lesser Democratic Committees containing no information whatsoever and asking for none, but merely soliciting money while stupid questions on the order of Which do you think is best for Americans: Mom, apple pie, or puppies?
0 # Radscal 2016-05-19 19:09
Oops. Wrong thread.

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